Hey everybody. I’m Andy Cusack, and as of today, I’m joining forces with the immovable object that is On Pitch! I was most recently a senior art director at The Integer Group, where I worked with such clients as Pella Windows & Doors, Shell, and Michelin (among many others) — creating print and web based designs and contributing to the strategic execution of said design.
But I don’t merely make things look pretty. I’m passionate about music and the music scene in Des Moines. I once maintained a music blog for Juice — from the site’s launch in 2005 until mid 2008.
You may have stumbled across a music podcast/blog called We Hate Music. This cool guy Ryan Peterson and I started and ran it together for two years beginning in 2010. One dark day, some punk kid hacker wiped out our site, and we unfortunately were never able to get it back up and running. We didn’t fret about it too much, though, because we knew there were some truly excellent local outlets like Band Bombshell, DSMVibe, des noise, the trusty Joe Lawler Juice music blog (and many, many others) that were more than capable of carrying the torch.
I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to assist some DMMC folks in booking for 80/35 from its first year on, and that is still something I LOVE doing and look forward to every year. I mean … 80/35 is easily the best couple days/nights in Des Moines, amiright?
I even got to partner with Jill Haverkamp (of On Pitch fame) to plan, book, promote and run the inaugural mini music fest Shoot The Chutes this past August.
Other than that, I play (poorly) or have played in a few local bands you’ve never heard of. It’s always extremely invigorating to perform on stage in front of an audience — especially when you get to share that stage with other awesome local (or touring!) bands. I’m not ashamed to say that I heart The Vaudeville Mews.
Like seemingly half of Des Moines, I grew up in the Chicago area. At least I’m being honest with you with my inclusion of the word, “area.” I’m certainly from closer to the city than Naperville … but I couldn’t in good conscience tell you that I’m, “from Chicago.” But even in my travels and in the two years of my detour to Denver — okay, the Denver area — I have never put ketchup on a hot dog.
So how did I get from Chicago (area) to Denver (area) to (actual) Des Moines? I went to Drake University, that’s how. I studied graphic design (with a marketing minor!) there, and I’ve stuck around ever since. I kind of like it here, Des Moines.
Here is a sneak peek at the scribbles from my first creative contributions on my first day “at the office”:
Looking forward to making great things happen with On Pitch!